With just two weeks to go until IMS Asia-Pacific, the conference has unveiled its anticipated topics to be discussed as well as the second phase of speakers. India, China, Japan and Australia will receive timely spotlights while the continuously pressing topic of Diversity in Electronic Music returns to IMS, this time on a platform in Asia. Globally renowned artists Skrillex, Alesso and Pete Tong are leading the first wave of speakers announced for IMS AP in Shanghai. Local experts of the scene like pop star Jolin Tsai, Chinese producer Chace and representatives of Sony Japan and Universal Music China are arriving at the Summit to share, learn and connect with the international industry. IMS Asia-Pacific was an eye-opening day of hearing and learning from the industry’s brightest leaders. From each panel and from every speaker, IMS has compiled a list of major take aways from the Summit that will be vital to the growth and future of the region’s electronic music industry. Once registering as a delegate, a link will be sent to purchase discounted tickets.We concluded the inaugural edition of IMS China on October 2nd, which brought together 250 delegates from 17 different countries to discuss the country’s unique market. There were many important lessons to be learned, so we compiled 10 of the most important take aways from the event and memorable quotes from our esteemed panelists and speakers. Find out what you need to know about the growing electronic music industry in China. IMS China opened with the first edition of the IMS Business Report designed specifically for China. This leading industry study is an annual report that provides vital and telling statistics of how and where the industry has grown. Specifically for China, this report will serve as an important launching point for China’s growing market. “With just a 3% penetration rate in China, we could potentially be reaching 6.6 million people.” This year, the global industry will come together in Shanghai for a collective, two-day IMS Asia-Pacific edition that will expand on the unique challenges and landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. IMS partners with Budweiser Storm Festival, China’s premier electronic music gathering offering delegates the opportunity to do business in the region followed by a series of satellite parties and the nations leading festival.
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With just two weeks to go until IMS Asia-Pacific, the conference has unveiled its anticipated topics to be discussed as well as the second phase of speakers. India, China, Japan and Australia will receive timely spotlights while the continuously pressing topic of Diversity in Electronic Music returns to IMS, this time on a platform in Asia.EXPLORE THE FULL LIST HERE
Globally renowned artists Skrillex, Alesso and Pete Tong are leading the first wave of speakers announced for IMS AP in Shanghai. Local experts of the scene like pop star Jolin Tsai, Chinese producer Chace and representatives of Sony Japan and Universal Music China are arriving at the Summit to share, learn and connect with the international industry.SEE THE FULL LIST HERE
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Once registering as a delegate, a link will be sent to purchase discounted tickets.We concluded the inaugural edition of IMS China on October 2nd, which brought together 250 delegates from 17 different countries to discuss the country’s unique market. There were many important lessons to be learned, so we compiled 10 of the most important take aways from the event and memorable quotes from our esteemed panelists and speakers. Find out what you need to know about the growing electronic music industry in China.READ IT HERE
IMS China opened with the first edition of the IMS Business Report designed specifically for China. This leading industry study is an annual report that provides vital and telling statistics of how and where the industry has grown. Specifically for China, this report will serve as an important launching point for China’s growing market.
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Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman in post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) and Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the same type of over-the-top samples and giant noise of electronica acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim.
Moore signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label in 2010, where he released his second EP, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites, along with the club hit “Kill Everybody.” If topping the club charts didn’t prove the producer had arrived, a trio of Grammy Awards in 2011 helped considerably, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters and Best Dance Recording for the title track. He also made an appearance on the revived Beavis & Butthead television series, and collaborated with the surviving members of the Doors on a single called “Breakin’ a Sweat.” The recording of the track was captured in the documentary film RE:GENERATION, while the song itself landed on Skrillex’s Bangarang EP, which appeared in early 2012. The release won him two more Grammy Awards, one for the title track as Best Dance Recording and one for the EP itself as Best Dance/Electronica Album.
Most of Skrillex’s recordings, however, were forced around his busy touring schedule, which found him on every inhabited continent playing to hundreds of thousands of dance fans. Still, he collaborated on singles with Damian Marley (“Make It Bun Dem After Hours”) and Alvin Risk (“Try It Out”), and released another EP, Leaving, in 2012. His second proper full-length, Recess, appeared in March 2014 and promptly hit number four on the Billboard chart. In 2015, he collaborated with Diplo for the album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
With over 3.5million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, ‘Tear The Roof Up, and forthcoming debut album, are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name.
Beginning his career five years ago as a self-taught 18 year-old bedroom producer in Stockholm, Sweden, Alessandro Lindblad’s trajectory to the forefront of the global dancefloor is truly incredible. He began by tinkering with other people’s songs, creating his own edits, adding piano riffs and melody ideas, and uploading his versions to Beatport. Alesso’s efforts reached Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who swiftly took the teen under his wing, becoming his mentor, and signing him to his management and label. Alesso made an impressive entrance with the ‘Taking It Back’ remix of Avicii’s ‘Alcoholic’, but it was his addition of a classic house drop to Nadia Ali’s ‘Pressure’ that helped the single become one of the most played dance tracks of 2011. Swiftly unleashing a barrage of brilliant remixes for Swedish House Mafia, Devolution and LFMAO, the then teenager was named EDM Artist To Watch by MTV.
In 2012, he teamed up with Ingrosso and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for ‘Calling (Lose My Mind)’, which went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart and has since been streamed over 33.5m times on Spotify. That same year, he was invited to open for Madonna on her MDMA tour, before releasing a volley of commercially and critically celebrated remixes including David Guetta ‘Titanium’, Keane’s ‘Silenced By The Night’ and OneRepublic’s ‘If I Lose Myself’. Since then, he has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, landed a Las Vegas residency, and became a festival favourite at Coachella, Electric Daisy and Ultra. During his first headline tour in 2013, he released ‘Under Control’ with Calvin Harris and Theo Hurts, which topped the Hypemachine charts, was named Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ and hit 1m YouTube views in just 24 hours. He rounded the year out by producing Example’s ‘Queen Of Your Dreams’ and, alongside Swedish House Mafia, ‘Numb’ for R&B megastar Usher. At the end of 2013, Alesso received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Remix for ‘If I Lose Myself’, another Billboard Dance No.1 with over 40m streams on Spotify to date.
Over the course of the last five years, Alesso has amassed 2.5m Facebook Likes, 900k Twitter followers and 370k Instagram followers, while on YouTube he’s hit over 100m plays to date.
Taught to play the piano as a young child, Alesso grew up on pop idols including Michael Jackson, before discovering Hip Hop via Nelly, Pharrell and Timbaland. But it was hearing his first House track as a young teenager that really opened Alesso’s eyes to the possibilities and power of music. “We would go to underage parties when I was 13, 14 years-old,” he remembers. “It was the cheesier end of Dance music, but I immediately gained a new perspective of what music is. I had never felt that kind of feeling – I still get it today – that rush and excitement. I want to be alive, explore the world, show love and spread love. House music makes me feel like nothing is impossible. I can conquer the world.”
He quickly immersed himself in as much House as he could find; a friend made him a mix CD and it was here that he discovered Daft Punk, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello, Daft Punk and Axwell. Throwing himself fully into making music at the age of 18, part of Alesso’s success is down to his diverse influences and huge appetite for life which riddle his infectious creations with an energy that is palpable. Alesso’s debut album proves the Swede won’t be limited by genre or niche. There’s soul, melody and adventure in his compositions; there’s never merely one tempo or type of terrain. “Every song I make is House at its core, but because I’ve listened to so much Hip Hop, I think you hear an element of ruggedness in my music. I like to mix it up a little bit – not keep the same beat all the time. I’m not in any way making Hip Hop music, but I’m very influenced and interested in bringing different grooves into my songs.”
The recently turned 23 year-old’s debut single with Def Jam US/Virgin EMI UK, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Since creating the track in his hometown of Sweden earlier this year, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ has proven itself to be an explosive opening to Alesso’s live set. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out 4-to-the-floor rave smash, ‘Tear The Roof Up’ is a joyous ode to living life to the full. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” says Alesso. “I didn’t want to just make just another ‘club song’. I wanted to create a moment in time.”
“Monstrous,” raved Zane Lowe who premiered the single on his hugely influential BBC Radio 1 show. “I didn’t make it to Coachella this year but I was streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world…I clicked on Alesso’s set and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hangar whilst the sun was beaming down on his face, and I was like ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do’.”
Heroe s is similarly uplifting. Opening with a gliding guitar riff, the vocal takes the listener on a journey through tempo and over-arching nostalgia before ending up in as hands-in-the-air sonic soul searcher. “It’s about believing in yourself and going for your goals. The song gives me the feeling that something might be over, but it’s ok, we’re still here together after it. This might be the last time we’ll be in that moment, but we can create new ones afterwards.”
A man clearly in love with music and life, Alesso’s ethos is all about living in the moment. He’s an impassioned producer seeking out life’s highs while defying genre, expectation and convention.
“I don’t ever want to make just another club song,” Alesso insists. “‘Electronic music’ sometimes feels like it’s all about the money; I can say one hundred per cent that I didn’t start doing this to make money. The main reason why I make music is to bring a message; I want to uplift people though music, I want to inject emotion into dance music. I want people to scream, jump, feel happiness. Explosive happiness. The best thing about music is it has no rules; I love the idea of breaking the rules.”
Jolin Tsai, famed Asian female pop star, begins an impressive career as one of the greatest musical talents in Asia since 1999. Called “ the Queen of Pop in Asia” by the media, Jolin has made 13 full length records, which have been released worldwide through Universial Music, Sony, EMI, and, most recently, Warner Music. The sold albums over an incredible 25 million in Asia, which has made her the highest-selling Asian female singer since 2000.
Jolin has won multiple international musical awards, including “Best Asian Artist” Award in MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards, “Best Female Singer” award in Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, “Most Popular Female Singer” award in Singapore Hit Awards and Beijing Pop Music Awards, “Best Asian Female Singer” in Hong Kong Metro Radio Hits Music Awards. In addition, Jolin was invited to Midem International Music Exhibition and Conferences in France. After performing at “Le Trianon” in Paris, she was crowned “Madonna of Asia” by the media.
The latest Album “Play” has enhanced the depth of Mandarin pop music and established high standards in the music market in Asia. The music video of PLAY won the Red Dot Design Award in 2015 and was also hailed as the Best Annual Music Video by American Time website. In 2015 at MAMA Mnet Asian Music Awards in which the album ”Play ” won Best Asian Artist Award, Joiln performed live online, attracting an audience of 140 million from all over the world. In 2014 , the Canadian music magazine CMB named “Play” the Best International Album of the Year; it was also highly recommended by American PRO MOTION music news, Spanish GO magazine, and other international media. Jolin Tsai was also named “The Greatest Dancing Queen in Asia” by Bloomberg Magazine.
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.
Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.
Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.
On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.
As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.
On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.
When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.
CEO, ATM ARTISTS, USA
Managed Swedish House Mafia, worked for Kanye West and current roster consists of Alesso, Chase and Status, Axwell and Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, Seal, RudeKid.
PROMOTER, PERCEPT, INDIA
Shailendra Singh has been a Game-changer in whichever industry he has stepped foot in. Most recently, after becoming Asia’s largest Dance Music Promoter through Sunburn, he radically shifted gears to prove that dance music has the power to make a social difference. Inviting Anna Agency to join hands with him, they brought the world’s #1 DJ Hardwell to perform in India, for free, to 100,000 loyal fans on his personal guestlist, for free. The sponsorship money usually used towards paying the artist fee, was donated directly to charity – pulling 18,200 underprivileged children out of poverty, in a 10 year education program.
Other milestones in his 30 years career:
Created & sold over 3,000 brand campaigns.
Planned media solutions for 400 brands, valued at $3 billion.
Ranked in the Top 5 ad firms.
Launched India’s first global & local talent management company for sports, movies, music and fashion.
Managed 9 of the 11 Indian national cricket players.
Created India’s first & largest sports marketing management company.
Brokered deals valued at over $4 billion across cricket, football, boxing & more, including the largest sport sponsorship deal in history.
Writer and Director of the world’s first fictional film on an international music festival – Sunshine Music Tours and Travels – releasing on Sept 2, 2016.
Produced & released 72+ full length feature film.
Ranked in Top 5 studios & 12th Most Powerful Player in Bollywood (2009).
Created India’s first commercial children’s cinema.
First animation cinema.
First cinema featuring 169 debutants.
Awarded 16 National Awards/ 235 commercial awards.
Conceptualize and executed over 2,500 live events.
Incepted & captained Sunburn.
Ranked in the 50 Most Powerful People in EDM (2014).
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Launched, associated with or donated to over 70 different charitable organizations/ 1,000+ events to raise funds & create awareness for issues such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, the visually impaired & disaster relief.
Author of the #1 Bestselling book: F?@k Knows.
Author of the world’s first book on an international music festival: The True Story of Sunburn.
CEO / FOUNDER, BLOOD COMPANY
CEO and Founder of Blood Company, Tim personally manages Skrillex, Zedd and Boys Noize among others, and is the one guiding the company. An artistic artist manager, strategist and entrepreneur; his vision is progressive, collaborative and honest. He and his team aim to create authentic, innovative and eye-opening moments for not only the public but the talent as well.
AGENT, AM ONLY, NORTH AMERICA
AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson has had over a decade of experience in the live music industry. After spending nearly six years promoting live concerts in the Northeast region of the US, he joined AM Only in 2008. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the success of the agency and represents artists such as Skrillex, Zedd, SBTRKT, Disclosure, and Claude Vonstroke. Lee was featured in Billboard Magazine’s 40 Executives Under The Age of 40, both editions of InTheMix’s Power 50, and was nominated for the 2015 Pollstar Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award.
– VP of East Coast Agency Operations
– Skrillex’s agent from day one, taking him from opening slots on deadmau5’s tour to international headlining touring machine, selling out arenas and taking the live experience to new levels.
– Influential as touring agent helping build Disclosure from Mercury Lounge to Madison Square Garden
– Zedd – started booking him from a bedroom producer to opening act for Skrillex….. to now a festival headliner and headlining arena tours.
– Key figure in building out AM Only’s live roster having successfully steered the careers of Disclosure, Rudimental, SBTRKT, Tourist & Classixx
– Securing Las Vegas residencies for some of the world’s biggest DJs
– Represents a stable of several legends including Boys Noize and Claude Von Stroke
– Building touring properties for his clients including Full Flex Express, Wildlife, Dirtybird BBQs for Claude Von Stroke.
– Helped build Claude Von Stroke from underground rooms and into full scale touring act.
Blaise DeAngelo is the manage of Skrillex’s OWSLA label full-time. He is also enjoys sometimes DJing under the name Blaise James and eating sushi all the time – occasionally all at the same time.
Having started DJing in 2009, Blaise was led to a friend referring me for a position as Dir. of Artist Relations for rebel streaming service Grooveshark in 2010. From 2010-2012, he helped artists build their careers using our powerful promotional tools and listener data.
In 2012, he joined OWSLA as the label manager and first employee. Today OWSLA is a team of 20 full-time staff and our core focus is building artist careers through creative services. For him, “life couldn’t be better”.
Chace – DJ/ Producer/ Drummer, Born in China, 1998
“Chace is one of those extraordinary musicians you only meet once every couple years. The way
he composes, writes and even sings on all his records while being just 17 years old is just mind-
blowing. He is a one-man fusion of Disclosure and The Weeknd from Eastern Asia. Chace is
heading for flashing lights and stadium status.” – Jim, Yellow Claw.
A 17-year-old DJ, producer, singer and songwriter Chace, who is bursting as an electro pop music artist, can be declared as a rising Chinese dance music prodigy.
With his academic knowledge in producing and ambitions to go international and with his debut 4-track The Destination EP out on Barong Family, he is blazing his own trail in the dance music scene. A little surprise on the EP – Chace’s collab with Yellow Claw, cheerful yet melodic “Stranger”.
That’s not all, Chace is going on his first Europe tour this summer; performing as the first Chinese DJ act on Tomorrowland.
Nakadia carries her unstoppable energy since childhood, while growing up in Isaan -the poor Thai countryside, living without electricity or running water on less than 1$ per day. Various jobs led her to a rst trip to Europe in 2002 where she encountered Techno. A turbulent journey began as she instantly knew:This is what she had been looking for. She devoted herself to find the perfect sonic fuse, by practicing on turntables and vinyl she took back home. Gigs on the island of Koh Samui launched her internationally within the shortest amount of time. Crafting her techy sound without any guidance, in the country marked by mainstream only, she pioneered the rise of the underground, conquering the rest of the world simultaneously.
As increasing crescendo of her totally self-made career, Nakadia pinned over 60 countries to her gig-list, performing well over 1300 times so far. She magnetized legendary venues such as “Watergate” Berlin, “The Egg” London or “D Edge” Sao Paulo,
during her tours through the hot-spots of electronic music.
AGENT, WME, UK
David Levy is a partner and co-head of WME’s London music team. His clients include Bjork, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem, Madness, Massive Attack and MIA, as well as emerging artists like Dua Lipa and Nicolas Jaar. Levy has been working in the music industry for 30 years, during which time he has helped launch careers, music festivals and cultural events around the world. He began his career working with bands at age 15, and was promoting shows and working as a DJ by the time he graduated Middlesex Polytechnic in London. In 2009, Levy played an integral role in creating WME’s electronic division in partnership with client and BBC broadcasting legend Pete Tong. Levy works with Nordoff Robins Music Therapy and sits on the advisory boards of The Creative Community For Peace, The Association for Electronic Music and The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. He currently resides between Ibiza and London with his wife and son.
PROMOTER, WONDERFRUIT / FURTHER FUTURE, HONG KONG
Jason spent the past 15 years producing events and curating talent featuring some of the most prominent names in entertainment including Coldplay, Psy, Nelly, Nicolas Jaar, Justice, The Killers, M.I.A, The Strokes and Mark Ronson He co-founded Do What You Love Ltd in 2011, an experiential marketing agency based in Hong Kong which in 24 months has booked over $USD 3 million in talent representing several hundred acts and events. He is a founding member Robot Heart a global creative collective and is their entertainment director. For fun he enjoys distance running, cooking eating and design.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, JAPAN
Born in Chicago, Lauren moved to Tokyo in 2008 after graduating from the University of Chicago. She holds eight years of thrilling and sometimes difficult experience working in the Japanese music industry. Her career began at Japanese concert promoter Kyodo Tokyo, working on 14 tours of major international artists. Currently she works in business development at Sony Music Entertainment Japan headquarters. Sony Japan is unique as in addition to the label and publishing side of the business, there are 17 Sony Music subsidiaries accessible often only to Japanese artists, including product licensing, ticketing, fan clubs and sponsorship. Bridging the gap between these areas of the organization and overseas artist management, Lauren is able to secure merchandising, endorsement, live and other opportunities for international artists in Japan. She is proud to work on behalf of amazing artists and everyone involved in the beautiful business of music. The strong local Japanese scene is accessible and holds lessons for other territories, making the future of music in Asia almost too exciting to bear.
DJ / CEO, RECKLESS REPUBLIC / SPICE, AUSTRALIA
Hailing from Sydney and raised by music-loving but strict Turkish parents, Murat’s early experience of dance music was strictly from the dance floor, especially during his teens. This club habit soon turned in to an addiction of buying 12 inch records which has now become an extensive vinyl library. Since then Murat has come a long way in establishing his career on the dance music scene globally, with regular appearances at some of the world’s top clubs and productions that are being released by top record labels around the world.
As a DJ, Murat is steadfast with 20 years experience with an acute sensibility for the dancefloor, always armed with fresh music. His sets are creative and unique, often genre crossing between house, techno ,disco and whatever else seems like a good idea in the moment. In his own words “At the end of the day, it is all about educating the crowd without boring them. Teaching people to appreciate new music whilst still getting them to dance themselves to oblivion”. Murat plays regularly at noteworthy clubs around the world including The Rex Paris, Studio 80 Amsterdam, Watergate Berlin, Spice Sydney, Electric Pickle Miami, Revolver Melbourne to name a few.
Booker and Club founder
In late 2011 Murat co-founded Sydney’s best underground electronic club called the SPICE Cellar. Since opening in September 2011, the Cellar has played host to some of the world’s elite artists like Claude Von Stroke, Guy Gerber, Deetron. Moodymann and Derrick May to name a few. As well as being the major shareholder of the club, Murat is the music director and talent booker for the club and is also involved in regional talent bookings for overseas artists.
Since 2008, Murat Kilic has had a steady schedule of music being released on a variety of labels across the House and Techno genres. Starting with a succession of remixes on BEEF Records in 2008, Murat followed these up with an 2 EPs for Oliver Koletzki’s Berlin based Stil Vor Talent which helped establish his reputation beyond Australia. Since then Murat has had a number of follow up releases on Stil Vor Talent and a string of remixes racking up plays and support from the likes of Joris Voorn, Jimpster, and M.A.N.D.Y. Murat’s productions are well-defined and notable with 4 of his releases reaching the Top 20 Beatport Deep House and Indy-NuDisco charts. His next releases will continue courtesy of OFF recordings, Stil Vor Talent, Light My Fire, Reckless Republic and Circle Music.
Reckless Republic Music founded and curated by Murat has 2 releases so far and is in the process of laying down and remixing the next few releases. 1
Murat spends a lot of his time doing something he genuinely loves. As well as travelling to DJ, he maintains a healthy schedule in his home city Sydney, where he produces his music, hosts his radio show, raises a child and owns/operates the Spice Cellar lounge bar & club, as well as operating entertainment company, Reckless Republic responsible for promotions, booking, touring and record label.
http://www.soundcloud.com/murat-kilic https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/artist/detail/89687/murat_kilic http://www.discogs.com/artist/Murat+Kilic http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj-page.aspx?id=4251
CEO, PULSE RADIO, AUSTRALIA
FOUNDER, MUTE RECORDS, UK
Daniel Miller is the founder and chairman of Mute, launched in 1978 with his own 7” single under the name The Normal.
Since then, Daniel Miller has expanded Mute into a global group of companies, record label, Mute Song (publishing) and Mute Management, with offices in London, New York and Berlin. Running parallel to its strong commercial track record, the guiding spirit behind Mute has always been one of artistic freedom and creative adventure and Mute has nurtured and worked with artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, New Order, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Swans, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Liars, Underworld, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Josh T Pearson, Du Blonde and Can.
Daniel Miller plays regular techno DJ sets worldwide, recently appearing at Sonar, ENTER at Space in Ibiza, ADE, IMS at Ibiza and Berghain, with a legendary performance at M-Nus’ Christmas Boiler Room in Berlin.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC, CHINA
Born in the UK, Caralinda has worked in the international music and media industry for over 25 years, with a broad range of experience – from touring the world as a professional musician (keyboards/backing vocals) with some of pop’s biggest international names, to working inside the business in both major and independent record and publishing companies.
She has lived and worked in China for over 11 years, based in Beijing as the Senior A&R Consultant/A&R Director for Universal Music China, as well as working closely with many top local music and management companies, helping develop and promote local singers, songwriters and bands.
BILLBOARD, HEAD OF ASIA
Jonathan is Head of Asia for Billboard, the global leader for charts, news, business and lifestyle in music. At Billboard, he oversees growth throughout Asia, and has recently driven the firm’s expansion in China, Thailand and the Philippines.
Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the music business, with over a decade in senior leadership positions in Asia. Jonathan began his career as a music lawyer in New York, representing major recording artists, record labels and producers. He joined Lehman Brothers as a media & entertainment-sector investment banker where he worked on many of the biggest media mergers of the time, and later served as the head of media & entertainment investment banking for Asia at Oppenheimer & Co. Jonathan founded and managed a number of successful music and entertainment companies in China, including an innovative music distribution platform. He has advised and served on the board of major US and Asian music companies.
Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University, a JD from Boston University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK
The Association for Electronic Music has appointed Mark Lawrence as its first CEO. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music, latterly as Director of Membership, responsible for 100,000 members worldwide.
His appointment was confirmed at a board meeting of AFEM held at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza.
Lawrence has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2012 he launched PRS’s Amplify initiative focusing on the genre, he has spoken at numerous industry events and he co-owns independent house music label Black Rock Records with DJ Steve Mac.
Lawrence began his career in retail banking before joining mechanical rights licensing agency MCPS in 2004. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 2006 before becoming Director of Corporate Planning of PRS for Music three years later. He was promoted to Director of Membership and Rights in 2010, leading a team of 120 staff serving a membership of over 100,000, ranging from major international publishers to individual songwriters.
While at PRS he launched and led Amplify, an initiative to increase membership in the dance music sector and improve the accuracy and value of royalties paid to writers in the genre. He left PRS earlier this year.
He said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected by Ben and Kurosh to run this organisation. AFEM has the opportunity to be something amazing – a global electronic music organisation representing everyone from labels to DJs to promoters to publishers, small or large, young or old. I am committed to turning that vision into reality.”
IMS PARTNER / GRAPHITE MEDIA, UK
Ben Turner is the owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company which specialises in the world of electronic music. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin, and Rob da Bank – the creator of Bestival, Camp Bestival and the Sunday Best Recordings label. Turner made his name as co-founder of the highly influential Muzik Magazine, Muzik Awards and then creative director on DanceStar USA: The American Dance Music Awards. Turner is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit, an event described as “the TED of music conferences”. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre, alongside long-serving entertainment industry lawyer Kurosh Nasseri. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide.
A-Z SPEAKER LIST
Alan Deng (Director, Tencent Video Live Music, China)
Alek Ljubojevic (Agent, Anna Agency, Netherlands)
Alesso (Artist, Sweden)
Amy Thomson (CEO, Manager, ATM Artists, USA)
Anish Sood (Artist, India)
Annie Lee (CEO, Founder, Dream Worker, China)
Arjun Vagale ( Artist, Director, UnMute, India)
Arsit Prachaseri (CEO, AG Productions, Thailand)
Ben Turner (CEO, IMS / Graphite, UK)
Blaise DeAngelo (General Manager, OWSLA, North America)
Bryce Whitwam (CEO, Wunderman, China)
Caralinda Booth (Artist Development, A&R Consultant, Universal Music, China)
Celeste Siam (Artist, Thailand)
Chace (Artist, China)
CheiZak (CEO, Founder, YEMA Live, China)
Christian Rijanto (Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Ismaya Group, Indonesia)
Daniel Miller (CEO, Founder Mute Records, UK)
David Boyle (EVP Insight, BBC Worldwide, UK)
David Levy (Partner, WME, UK)
Davis Savril (Artist, China)
Dennis De Bruin (CEO, Alda Events, Asia, Netherlands)
Derrek Tsao (EDM Blogger, China )
Dev Bhatia (Director, UnMute, India)
DJ L (Artist, China)
DJ Soolee (Artist, South Korea)
Donald Hau (CEO, Mixmag China, China)
Dope Lee – (Artist, China)
Eric Zho (CEO, Founder, A2LiVE / Storm, China)
Frank Rodi (Innovation & Electronic Music Specialist, APRA, Australia)
Hedy Lee (Artist, China)
Helena Legend (Artist, Australia)
Iqbal Ameer (CEO, LiveScape Group, Malaysia)
Jason Swamy (Director, Further Future/Wonderfruit, Hong Kong)
Jin Iwamoto (Manager, A&R, Star Music, Japan)
John Boyle (Chief Growth Officer, Insomniac Events, USA)
Jolin Tsai (Artist, Asia)
Jonathan Serbin (Head of Asia, Billboard, Asia)
Kaku (Artist, Asia)
King Arthur (Artist, Puerto Rico)
Kurosh Nasseri (Co-Chairman & Co-Founder, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, USA)
Lauren Kocher (Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment, Japan)
Lee Anderson (VP, Agent, AM Only, North America)
Lucy Dong (Founder, Chief Editor, Shihan Culture / Music Business, China)
Maggie Yu (VP, Brand Director, Adidas, China)
Marc Vedo (Artist, UK)
Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM: Association for Electronic Music, UK)
Miao Wong (CEO, Founder, dART, China)
Michail Stangl (Director, Boiler Room, Germany)
Minii (Artist, Alter Ego, South Korea)
Murat Kilic (CEO, Artist, Spice – Reckless Republic, Australia)
Myrne (Artist, Singapore)
Nakadia (Artist, Thailand)
Naoki Shimizu (CEO, President, CreativeMan Productions, Japan)
Ni Bing (Founder, Martial Artist Management / Drum Rider Records, China)
Nick Matthews (Agent, Coda Agency, UK)
Olivia Wycech (Managing Editor, Mixmag, Asia)
Pep & Rash (Artist, Netherlands)
Pete Tong (Artist / Broadcaster, BBC Radio / IMS, UK)
Prateek Pandey (Director, Owner, sLick!, India)
Rebecca Young (Agent, WME, Australia)
Rob Schwartz (Asia Bureau Chief, Billboard, US/Japan)
Robb Harker (CEO, Founder Supermodified Agency, Hong Kong)
Robert Zheng (Head of Partnerships, AB Inbev, China)
Robin Leembrugen (Manager, Mad Panda Agency, China)
Samuel Wald (Agent, WME, Asia)
Sandy Chi (Chief Entertainment Officer, KuGou, China)
Shailendra Singh (Promoter, Percept, India)
Skrillex (Artist, North America)
Sunny L (Director, Music Fest Asia & Xin Wang Group, HK & China)
Takako Fujiyama (Pioneer, Japan)
Tim Smith (CEO, Founder, Blood Management, North America)
Vlada Didenko (Senior Business Manager, A2LiVE, China)
Wade Cawood (CEO, Pulse Radio, Australia)
Wang Lei (General Manager, Baidu Music, China)
IMS Asia-Pacific 2015 Speakers
Armin van Buuren
Artist, NetherlandsArmin van Buuren is widely regarded as one of the world’s biggest DJs and producers within electronic dance music for close to twenty years. His life-long dedication to trance music has earned him a Grammy® nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie, and he has been voted “#1 DJ” in the world for an unprecedented five times in the annual DJ Mag Top 100, counting up to fourteen consecutive top 5 spots to date.His weekly two-hour radio show, “A State of Trance” (ASOT), is broadcast weekly on more than 100 radio stations around the world, drawing more than 36 million listeners each week. The ASOT brand has grown into a complete live show experience and touring concept.Throughout the years, Armin has launched several ‘Armin Only’ world tours, based on his albums (‘Imagine’ in 2008, ‘Mirage’ in 2010, and ‘Intense’ in 2013). In the case of the Armin Only ‘Intense’ world tour, more than 33 dates were set, with shows in world cities on five different continents reeling in more than 500,000 visitors.In addition, Armin is the co-founder of the Armada Music record label (together with Maykel Piron and David Lewis), which has been acclaimed internationally for releasing top-notch electronic music of various genres.As a performer, Armin headlines more than 150 shows a year at leading festivals and venues around the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, New York), Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Tomorrowland (Belgium); Omnia Nightclub (Las Vegas), Ushuaia (Ibiza), and numerous others.Armin has the second most followed artist playlist on Spotify of any music genre and launched his sixth full-length artist album (‘Embrace’) on October 29th 2015, after ‘76’ (2003), ‘Shivers’ (2005), ‘Imagine’ (2008), ‘Mirage’ (2010), and ‘Intense’ (2013).www.arminvanbuuren.com, www.astateoftrance,com, www.armadamusic.com.
“Kaskade’s signature sound is as unmistakable as it is beautiful; a combination of dewy female vocals, tough electronic underpinnings, and memorable melodies.” — Billboard
The New York Times may have called him the “new face of electronic dance music” in a recent profile, but Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, has been in the trenches of the EDM scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. He has released seven studio albums, including his latest, Fire & Ice, scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyoncé, appeared at all the major summer festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today, which has opened doors for the likes of Deadmau5, Tiesto, Skrillex and more. In doing so, he has helped to lay the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift: a post-rock EDM revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of music lovers across North America
Kaskade has been named America’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ. In 2012, he will appear at this year’s Coachella, for which he has a special performance planned, and will hit the road in May for his biggest headlining tour ever — 50-plus North American shows in just over three months. His own live show is a jaw-dropping spectacle that finds him performing in front of an 80-foot wide, three-stories tall LED screen that blares images synched with the music while strobe lights scan the crowd. Kaskade’s belief in the transformative power of dance music to uplift thousands of people at once has had a significant effect on the U.S. scene. His ground-breaking double residency in Las Vegas at the Encore Beach Club (which had not even been built when he signed on) and Marquee has elevated the city’s status as a premiere club-going destination on par with London, Berlin, and Ibiza, is another testament to his influence.
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Raddon was heavily influenced by New Wave bands like The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Smiths that ignited his love for melody and lyrics and was strongly impacted by the house music scene that developed in Chicago. Following stints spinning throughout college and in A&R at OM Records, he began working on his own music, which includes multiple singles, EPs, and remixes, as well as the albums: his most recent 2011 release Fire & Ice – which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, No. 3 on the Independent Albums chart, and No. 17 on the Top 200 Albums chart, while the iTunes version debuted at No. 4 on the overall album chart. The Fire disc contains ten original songs geared firmly toward the dancefloor, while on the Ice disc, Kaskade delivers the perfect down-tempo post-club experience by remixing all ten songs. Both discs showcase the musical versatility tat has characterized his work ever since he began writing his own songs. This album was preceded by It’s You, It’s Me (2003), In the Moment (2004), The Calm (2006), Here & Now (2006), Love Mysterious (2006), Strobelite Seduction (2008), Dynasty (2010) and Dance.Love (2010).
From underground classics like Tripi, Texi, Get Wild and Don’t Say A Word, to scoring international chart toppers like PATT (Party All The Time) and The One, Sharam’s musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin, P.Diddy, Chuck D, and Daniel Bedingfield, to name just a few. He seamlessly navigates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich knowledge of house and techno, while entertaining the younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser-like focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains ‘entertain while educate’. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.
He scored the top buzz records of 2013 and 2014 Miami Music Conference with his singles On & On and Tripi respectively. ‘Tripi’ was the inaugural record on Seth Troxler’s new label Play It Say It, garnering support from all sides of the industry. In 2015 Sharam unleashed 2 monster singles at the Miami Music Week— Heavi, Tripi’s follow-up, released on his own Yoshitoshi Recordings, and August House, a Spinnin’ Deep single whose video has garnered over nine hundred thousand views on YouTube. Sharam will follow August House with two more singles for the label this year, August Dub and October House, with the October Dub to follow.
Following an eight year hiatus, Sharam joined Dubfire once again at Miami Music Week 2015 as the legendary duo Deep Dish. The reunion set the industry abuzz with select shows and talk of an upcoming album.
Beatport, Director of Special Operations Asia, Australia
Richie has 26 years experience in the music industry. Beginning as a fresh 18 year old putting on events and bussing in nightclubs, becoming Director of Dance at Mushroom Records (MDS) for four years from the age of 19, to touring some of the biggest names in dance music, Richie has experienced the industry from all spectrums.
At Mushroom he was responsible for bringing labels such as Warp Records, R&S, Harthouse, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, XL Recordings, React etc… to Australia as well as licensing artist and albums from Leftfield, Orbital, Underworld, The Prodigy, Moby and the like.
At the 1988-1992 electronic music explosion, Richie was at the thick of it in Australia. He DJ’d for 15 years across Australasia and Europe. His famous Hardware organisation ran some of Melbourne’s first raves bringing the worlds biggest artists to Australia, had two record stores and distribution and helped run Australia’s first national electronic Music Festival called Apollo. From there he began Two Tribes Events (Australia’s first award winning electronic music festival) for 10 years then finished that to setup Stereosonic, Australia’s last remaining major dance festival.
This hard work and passion was supported by Richie being awarded in 2011, the industry-voted inthemix.com.au Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music in Australia.
After a 16 month break, he now works for SFX Entertainment setting up their Asia office and plan, as well as working for Beatport on their LIVE streaming consumer platform in LIVE video and event integration.
Author / Artist Manager, UK
Simon Napier-Bell has been a film composer, songwriter, record producer, and author, but most of all he is known for being a rock manager. Amongst the artists he’s managed are The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, T Rex, Japan, Asia, CC Catch, Ultravox, Candi Staton, Boney M, and Wham!
In the 60s he co-wrote the song You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me which went to number one sung by Dusty Springfield and was also covered in the early 70s by Elvis Presley.
He has written four best-selling books about the music industry: ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, about the music business in the 60s; ‘Black Vinyl White Powder’, a history of the British music industry; and ‘I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch’, about taking Wham! to Communist China in the 80s, the first Western pop or rock group ever to play there. His latest book, ‘Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay’, is a history of the business of popular music from its first beginnings in 1710 until today, published in August 2014 by Unbound Books.
These days he is a director of Papa Entertainments PLC, which produces ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’, the best-rated music show in Las Vegas, and of Snap-B Music, a company that provides consultancy to top music industry professionals. He travels, does business, gives talks, and eats & drinks well, all over the world.
Artist, Hong Kong / Bali
Scarlett Etienne has established herself as a major player on the international DJ circuit. Whether she is DJing in the underground scene at nightclubs like Watergate in Berlin or The Nest in London, Playing keys on stage with Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr at Montreux Jazz Festival, throwing down at the Formula One parties in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, writing music for fashion films for couturiers like Erevos Aether, giving a live vocal performance at The Box London or on the Robot Heart art car at Burning Man, or orchestrating the music for Matthew Williamson’s fashion shows from the sound booth of the Royal Opera House, she is constantly on the global move delivering her dazzling, fresh sound. Her studio endeavours include: being featured on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label as the voice on Daniel Avery’s The Eagle, and has remixed for ultra cool Parisian label Kitsuné for Lady Gaga’s producer DJ White Shadow.
Artist, Life & Death / Daze Agency / Elita Festival, Italy
DJ Tennis born in the 70’s and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma in a family who paid just a passing attention to music. No relatives played any musical instruments, nor were there any around the home – music was never given any special amount of love in the Romano household. But despite this, and perhaps as a direct result of this, Romano’s creative and artistic attitude has always centred around music: singing, creating and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn.
In 1988 before embarking on computer science studies he was already playing and singing in college bands and had an indie rock radio show on a local radio station in Palermo.
Recording with bands, organising events and DJing at the local tennis club where he used to play semi-professionally (his DJ moniker comes from his passion for the sport) became his way to support the costs of his studies, though when he graduated he never imagined he would turn that hobby into his fully-fledged career. Whilst starting out as a DJ he began focusing on promoting new underground music in his country, founding and developing some of the most important Italian underground musical events such as the Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome – at the same time creating forward-thinking new promotional concepts around the Italian clubbing scene.
In the early 90s Romano also started producing music for theatre, movie soundtracks and TV commercials, his production skills always taking inspiration from the psychedelic, dark and melancholic sounds of the 60’s, thru to early 2000’s IDM. The range of influences paint a picture of his musical worldview: The Beach Boys, The Who, Talk Talk, Ultravox, XTC, Fugazi, June of 44, Suicide, Radiohead, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Plastikman – into every musical project he poured elements, sounds & feelings from all of these artists and many more.
In 2010, after growing tired of the the more overtly generic output of the contemporary scene he decided to collect all of his musical works and, along with Thugfucker’s Greg Oreck, started a new techno and pop label called Life and Death. The name of the label has a specific meaning, inspired by the socratic method of the maieutic process to turn ‘dead’ elements into a new life, and referring to the hypnotic power of music used in the mesmeric processes for brain therapy. Life And Death was alive.
Romano bases himself in Berlin where he also shares the label experience and a studio with the innovative deep electronic duo Tale of Us, whilst he working hard to create a crew of young and inspired musicians like Clockwork and Esperanza, amongst others. On top of all of this he still maintains his main job is still being a Promoter and a Booking agent in 2012. He may go by the name Tennis but he continues to be a hugely talented all-rounder.
Artist, Australia / UK
Livescape, Co-founder, Malaysia
Rahul Kukreja is a familiar name back home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia mainly because he is the lead guitarist for one of Malaysia’s most popular rock bands, One Buck Short (or OBS as they are affectionately known as). Having started the band back in college, OBS has moved from its underground roots to being regarded as the region’s Top Rock/Live Act. He is also one of the co-founders and partners of The Livescape Group of companies which produces IT’S THE SHIP, Electric Run, A State of Trance (ASOT), Rockaway Festival, and After Dark Social Club (ADSC). Livescape has a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events. They have an in-house marketing, execution, creative, production, logistics, and artist management team to ensure that they put on an experience that people will not only remember but also talk about. Rahul acts as Livescape’s Director of Live Events & Entertainment where he oversees artist/show bookings and productions for all of the group’s events and sources out future and potential business partnerships for the company as well as managing itineraries and executions for Livescape events and festivals. Rahul also has very good working relationships with various artist management and booking agencies and is the man with the eye for spotting talent for Livescape shows. Rahul is also quite the entrepreneur, venturing into various different businesses. Aside from One Buck Short and The Livescape Group, he is a partner in “All Access Distribution”, an apparel company that distributes street wear brand, OBEY, and Macbeth Footwear in Malaysia.
Artist, MidnightShift, Singapore
Kavan belongs to today’s generation of marketers who is skilled in more than one discipline. The 35-year-old Head of Marketing stands out in a crowded marketplace with his strong background and insightful vision in music & nightlife marketing. As a co-founder of the Midnight Shift electronic music label, featured as one of Pulse Radio’s Top 5 South-East Asian labels, Kavan has a finger on today’s pulse whilst continuously evolving with the electronic music scene since the 1990s. Kavan displays his creative flair with the ability to strike a balance in achieving street-cred and mass appeal in the programming, which is exhibited in kyo’s adventurous and forward-thinking approach, noted by Pulse Radio as the top South-East Asian underground club.
Totem One Love, Promoter / Director, Australia
Credited with changing the aesthetic face of dance music culture in Australia, Frank Cotela has worked behind the scenes on some of the country’s most successful and prolific EDM brands for over 30 years.
After obtaining a degree in electronic engineering in digital electronics and working in recording studios in the early 80s, Cotela’s natural aptitude for design and interest in electronics and culture (alongside the introduction computer graphics) moved him in the direction of design where he went on to become a creative director in Australia’s leading advertising houses, culminating in the establishment of his own creative studio: FCD – a successful specialist design studio aimed at music and fashion.
In 2000 he joined forces with promoters Peter Raff & Dror Erez to create “ONELOVE”, where his marketing vision helped forge the nation’s highest profile dance brand of the decade. In 2004 the partnership created ONELOVE Recordings and the music label quickly established itself as a supporter of both local and international emerging talent.
In 2008 as Director of Totem-Onelove Group, Cotela Co – Founded Australia’s Biggest Music Festival Stereosonic, Which was sold to New York Events Company SFX in 2013, in a historic deal. Today Cotela heads ONELOVE MUSIC GROUP, The Group includes Recordings, Publishing, Talent and Live, It is also a major force responsible for pushing Australian dance music on a global scale.
Pulse Radio, Editor-in-Chief, Philippines
Managing Director, Third Culture Music Limited
Creative consultant, Miller Genuine Draft and Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Since relocating to the Philippines three years ago from London, where Mikhail Schemm comes from a background in influencer and trends consulting for boutique agency SCB Partners, as an early promoter and DJ in the warehouse party scene and having a stint at Richie Hawtin’s Minus label in Berlin, he has been focused on his passion of building and consolidating the electronic music scene in his half-native Philippines.
Currently a creative consultant for brands such as Miller Genuine Draft, which are a heavily EDM and nightlife oriented brand, he also runs Third Culture Music, a brand, event and music consultancy with venture partner Katrina Razon, through which they work with a number of top entertainment brands such as The Palace, Road To Ultra: Philippines, Wonderfruit and Malasimbo Festival. In addition they are the partners for top online music media outlet Pulse Radio, covering content for the electronic music industry in the Philippines and around Asia.
On an event level, as a promoter, he has worked on tours with The xx and Jamie xx, and regularly with Manila’s top clubs both underground and high-end. In addition, as a house and techno DJ out of passion, he has played numerous festivals and clubs around Southeast Asia. The 360-degree knowledge of the industry is his biggest asset in achieving his goals in the near future.
Owner, Kyo, Singapore
Agent/Co-Owner/The Bullitt Agency/USA/Barcelona
Ryan Saltzman’s interest in the business side of the music industry began at law school, where he focused on entertainment law classes and secured internships at both the US Copyright Office and as a law clerk for Nasseri Music Business Solutions. After earning his law degree in 2005, Ryan set his sights on the agent world and began working at The Bullitt Agency, a premier boutique DJ booking and management agency based in Washington DC and Barcelona. Now a co-owner and senior agent at Bullitt, Ryan travels 100,000+ miles each year and uses his relationships around the globe to place artists into a wide portfolio of leading venues, events, and festivals.
Senior Manager / Bookings / Storm Festival / China
LAU HOE YIN BLINK
Head of Programme, Zouk, KL
Blink is the Head of Programme for Zouk Club KL and also one-part of the famed DJ duo, Goldfish & Blink.
As a key figure at Zouk Club KL, he takes charge of the international DJ bookings for the club and the local content that drives the club week in week out.
Long time friends, Goldfish and Blink started collaborating as a team over the recent years. Goldfish & Blink has been in the forefront of the DJing culture in Malaysia, quickly establishing a unique style through their music backgrounds and versatility in production styles.
Through labels like Revealed Recordings the world is quickly discovering what tens of thousands of Malaysian EDM fans already know about these Asian breakthrough stars – that this Malaysian duo is set to take over. Part of a new breed of South East Asian EDM champions, the pair have been stealthily increasing their international profile via releases on Universal Music, Armada, Panda Funk, MixMash Records, Metanoia, and more.
Artist / Promoter, India
Akshai Sarin is a creative entrepreneur, musician, marketing consultant, brand ambassador and industry speaker. His varied portfolio and professional collaborations rest on the pillars that guide innovative work – “Selfless, Compassionate, Prudent, and Diligent.” in 2007, Akshai founded Axyz Music International, a pioneering force in India’s music scene – bringing artists like Akon, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Vienna Chamber Orchestra to India for the first time. After a successful 3-year stint setting up the Culture Marketing department for energy drink Red Bull, he founded ‘ttogether: Disruptive Marketing | Engagement’ – an agency that enables brands to reach their consumer in a creative way, as well as create social impact.
Akshai is also a founder of 10 Heads Festival, TiLT Festival & Conference, and Founding Trustee of the Bandstand Culture Society (registered with the Charity Commissioners Office Mumbai : F-44528), responsible for the annual Mumbai Bandstand Revival, under the aegis of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
– 2015: Brand Ambassador, South Asia: British sustainable luxury brand, Bottletop.
– 2014: Brand Ambassador, India: Tata Nano and JBL/Harman Kardon.
– 2014: Ambassador: International Music Summit Asia Pacific, Singapore.
– 2013: Showcase: Lintas Lowe & Partners’ True Show Awards.
– 2012: Invitee: Walk A Mile/Global Impact Institute at London Olympics.
– 2011: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Thre3style
– 2010: Global Marketing Best Practice Award: RedBull Free Streets.
– 2009: Nominated for the “Young Indian Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2009″ award by British Council and Rolling Stone Magazine.
– 2007: Selected among the “Top 20 Young Creative Entrepreneurs in India” – who then attended the British Council & Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) “Creative Future” program.
Sabrina Ooi is a DJ and entrepreneur at the crossroads of music, innovation and branding. Born and bred in Singapore, Sabrina is best known in the arts and entertainment scene as a creative force connecting local artistes to wider audiences – since the tender age of 16, with the “Rock For Good” concert in 2006, featuring prominent Singaporean bands Electrico and The Suns.
As a DJ, Sabrina has held residencies in nightclubs Fenix Room and Dream (formerly Ministry of Sound), and honed her craft at 1-Altitude, the world’s highest alfresco nightspot. She has also played to audiences around the region and beyond, including Manila, Madrid and Melbourne. Sabrina constantly pushes the boundaries with every set, fusing together everything from indie rock anthems to hip-hop to the well-loved EDM. Beyond being a music tastemaker and performer, Sabrina is also highly interested in the business perspective of the music industry, as expressed in a bird’s eye view dissertation on Singapore’s electronic music scene that was recently published.
Beyond music, Sabrina is deeply involved with the technology and startup scene in Singapore, where she connects them with the business community – in which she is a recognised branding and marketing expert.
DJ / Music Journalist / Radio Presenter, LUSH 99.9, Singapore
Chris Ho (from Singapore) is a familiar name on radio with years and years of experience behind him; though he’d rather not put a number to the years for the sake of protecting seniority without prejudice.
He started out at Rediffusion, the wired radio station, where a show he hosted won him the Paters Award for Most Outstanding Asia-Pacific Radio Personality from the Australasian Broadcasting Arts & Sciences in 1987. He had also made a name for himself as a pioneer in the local scene programming punk, New Wave and alternative rock music on the airwave.
The Straits Times also ran a regular column of his called Pop Life where he introduced cutting-edge music as a music columnist. The column lasted 25 years.
In the 1990s, he was heard on 98.7FM hosting the groundbreaking music show Hip Parade: The Now Sound Of The Future, the first locally produced show on nu-groove/future beat music.
Since then, he’s moved on to Lush 99.5FM where he’s currently heard hosting the weekly show Clubscape.
Despite the FM music references there, the scope of Chris’s interest is much wider. On an Internet radio-station Sonar (2009 – 2012), he presented black metal music as DJ Mentor. His other life-long interests include singer-songwriter music, country-folk, dark wave and classic soul.
As a club DJ…
Chris started his own club night Cyber-Tech back in the 1990s when techno was not a dirty word. He followed that up with Future Soul soon after. Known for an eclectic touch (anything from soul to funk to rock to techno to house), he became the resident deejay at Soundbar at The Liquid Room, Singapore’s first chill-out bar, when the venue opened its doors in 2000. He has since played at some of Singapore’s best-known venues: Phuture (Sessions Series), Zouk (Red Bull Music Academy Party 2006; Heineken Green Room presents Chicks On Speed), The Balcony at The Hereen, Loof, Muse, Pure in Ministry Of Sound, DXO (for AlterNation, opening for Alec Empire), Café del Mar at Sentosa (opening for Alex Barck of Jazzanova), House in Dempsey, The Butter Factory’s Art-Bar, New Asia Bar (opening for Stefano Willow) and The Polo Club. He was also a resident deejay at km8 in Sentosa (Conde Nest named the beach bar one of the best new clubs of 2006).
He was also a resident for Dark Friday, Singapore’s only goth club-night. It was at Dark Friday that he opened for DJ Eskil Simonnson, also of the ‘future pop’ Swedish band Covenant. Chris had manned the decks for various Bulgari and Philip Stein fashion events, Johnny Walker Classic private functions, Nokia Fashion Week 2005, Agnes b.’s punk anniversary party 2014 and Elle’s magazine’s anniversaries in 2013 and 2014. He was given the Individuality Award at the inaugural Streetstyle Awards 2001 and the Special Award in the Motorola Streetstyle Awards 2007.
In Oct 2006, he was the guest DJ at Insomnia in Berlin, Germany for the opening party of a film festival there. Alex Murray-Leslie of the electro-punk band Chicks On Speed called him as “a great DJ”. X’ Ho, by the way, is his persona as musician/artist, author and underground filmmaker.
Artist / Music Director, W Sentosa-Cove, Singapore
An integral sonic force in Singapore’s thriving club scene, DJ and producer Mr. Has is best known for his high-impact, genre-blending DJ sets. The recipient of the inaugural Nike Street Style Music Award, Mr. Has is also a member of the Mr. Porter Style Council, an appointed assembly of the world’s most stylish and connected men, alongside Pharrell Williams and Hugh Jackman, among others. The prolific producer also heads up Rawjak, a digital music label showcasing local and international electronica artist, and formerly held the position of music director for Singapore’s Lo & Behold Group, overseeing beats at its collection of bars and restaurants.
CFO, David Lewis Productions, Hong Kong
Erik has been working for and with David Lewis Productions since the beginning of this century and he has been living in Hong Kong since late 2005. DAVID LEWIS PRODUCTIONS ASIA-PACIFIC LIMITED was set up in July 2008 and since that moment Erik has been DLP’s representative in the region. This next to his role as being the total group’s Finance Director/CFO, he has witnessed the Industry grow from within in Asia and actually been part of it as well, up-close and personal. With David Lewis Productions actually already being present in Asia for well over seven years, the Agency has a solid base to keep continuing to contribute to the growth and development of EDM in Asia.
Business Development, Mixmag, UK
Jack has worked across a several areas in music and its application in wider media. These include production, licensing, supervision, commercial development and running a label.
Since graduating in Commercial Music in 2007 from The University of Westminster, he has worked tirelessly to develop the network required to be disruptive and successful in the industry today.
Jack has a long association with the dance and electronic music genres. In 2008 he was appointed Lead Audio Producer with Activision for the major console title, DJ Hero. This involved international PR, music production, licensing and curation. The exposure to a satellite creative industry, borrowing credibility from dance and its culture began a dynamic and evolving career with this theme at its core.
After two appointments as Senior Audio Producer and Head of Licensing for another tech start up (We R Interactive, 2011 – 2014), it became clear that a move towards commercial development and client management around dance was a natural progression. With unique history in licensing and curation, this rounded experience with a mixture of established publishers and spritely upstarts created a balanced and engaging story around Jack.
In 2015, after a few months of sharing ideas and contacts, Jack was appointed Business Development Manager for Mixmag. after speaking regularly with Jerry Perkins, CEO, about how best to progress their brand and activities in native advertising and music media.
He also concurrently set up an independent record label, One Two Many with long suffering friend Alex Sheridan. After two vinyl / digital releases, the label has achieved over 100 major radio plays in the UK and in the US and a major corporate sync, with both acts represented going on to sign to majors or significant indies on both major and publishing.
Promoter, sLick!, India
sLick!! is the name behind top events throughout india.
sLick! programmed the techno stage at Sunburn Festival featuring a brand of Kitball stage with artists like Tube & Berger, Juliet Sikora, PAJI, P.A.C.O and Social Experiment stage with Art Department. sLick has programmed techno stages at Enchanted Valley Carnival
sLick! also hosts events in India, Sri Lanka & Dubai including top artists John Digweed, Dubfire, HOBO, Art Department, James Zabiela, Guy J, Joseph Capriati, Pleasurekraft, Blond:ish and many more.
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